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Religion, the gift that just keeps giving.
« on: November 13, 2016, 02:00:07 AM »
This turned up on my Facebook wall  :mb lol:

"The Next Time Someone Uses The Bible To Say Homosexuality Is A Sin, Show Them This."

"Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident. It's funny, AND informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odour is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

5. I have a neighbour who insists on working on the Sabbath.. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted fan, Jim."
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Re: Religion, the gift that just keeps giving.
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2016, 02:10:32 AM »
Ah! Yes, Jim the Asmo-worshipper does raise all the right Points.  :smilenod:
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Re: Religion, the gift that just keeps giving.
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2016, 07:22:50 PM »
Here is a description of a gift that keeps giving........if you can navigate through the ads this is a little bit interesting. I think that we skeptics have all been in the wrong business.http://www.pressroomvip.com/g/10-richest-mega-pastors/22/?ipp=1&utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=msn-msn&utm_content=RichPastorsUSDesktopMSFT&utm_campaign=399792msn-msn&utm_term=10+Shadiest+Mega-Pastors+Who+Take+Your+Money

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Re: Religion, the gift that just keeps giving.
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2016, 12:00:32 AM »
My Nigerian friends perpetually complain about the conmen, preachers, in their country.
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Re: Religion, the gift that just keeps giving.
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2016, 05:34:04 AM »
My religion would remove about 90% of it's obstacles if it just consigned the Old Testament to the dust bin. They could take it out for reference purposes, but not for guidance. But, alas, it is not to be.

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Re: Religion, the gift that just keeps giving.
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2016, 09:23:02 AM »
You know, my beat-up, tired, old argument is that there is a difference between a person and people. Give a person the concept of religion, and even if they buy it, it's usually in a sort-of-good live-and-let-live way.

...This guy excluded;


If you then give a group of people that same religion, they will still all point out its good sides, but inevitably use it as a tool of oppression. (This goes both ways; a tool for oppressing others can easily be used to justify feeling oppressed. That guy most certainly included this time.)

I think it boils down to a tribal mentality where if you have something in common, you are in opposition to, or competition with, those who do not have that in common.
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Re: Religion, the gift that just keeps giving.
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2016, 05:39:58 PM »
I really enjoyed reading that. :lol:
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Re: Religion, the gift that just keeps giving.
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2016, 02:38:51 AM »
You know, my beat-up, tired, old argument is that there is a difference between a person and people. Give a person the concept of religion, and even if they buy it, it's usually in a sort-of-good live-and-let-live way.

...This guy excluded;


If you then give a group of people that same religion, they will still all point out its good sides, but inevitably use it as a tool of oppression. (This goes both ways; a tool for oppressing others can easily be used to justify feeling oppressed. That guy most certainly included this time.)

I think it boils down to a tribal mentality where if you have something in common, you are in opposition to, or competition with, those who do not have that in common.

The one good thing about our tribal tendencies is that each tribe undermines every other tribe; friendships, no matter in how small a way can undermine a marriage, and a marriage can undermine relationships with children etc. Us atheists are getting better at undermining religions.
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Re: Religion, the gift that just keeps giving.
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2016, 12:18:43 PM »
You know, my beat-up, tired, old argument is that there is a difference between a person and people. Give a person the concept of religion, and even if they buy it, it's usually in a sort-of-good live-and-let-live way.

...This guy excluded;


If you then give a group of people that same religion, they will still all point out its good sides, but inevitably use it as a tool of oppression. (This goes both ways; a tool for oppressing others can easily be used to justify feeling oppressed. That guy most certainly included this time.)

I think it boils down to a tribal mentality where if you have something in common, you are in opposition to, or competition with, those who do not have that in common.

The one good thing about our tribal tendencies is that each tribe undermines every other tribe; friendships, no matter in how small a way can undermine a marriage, and a marriage can undermine relationships with children etc. Us atheists are getting better at undermining religions.

...And you get undermined, and you get undermined, and everyone gets undermined!
But, uh...well there it is.


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Re: Religion, the gift that just keeps giving.
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2016, 04:38:19 PM »
The problem with people is, their collective ego trounces their collective IQ.  A person is smart. People, are retarded!

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Re: Religion, the gift that just keeps giving.
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2017, 12:09:49 AM »
That's good stuff right there.
The certainty with which I know another man's religion is folly makes me suspect my own is also - Mark Twain

Dear Religion,
Today we safely brought a man back from outer space, while you shot a child in the face for wanting to go to school.
Sincerely,
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